1 That night sleep fled from the king. So it was commanded to bring the book of the
records of the chronicles; and they were recited before the king.
2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the
king's officials, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
3 Then the king said, What honor or dignity has been bestowed upon Mordecai for this?
And the king's servants who attended him said, Nothing has been done for him.
4 So the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman had just entered the outer court of
the king's house to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had
prepared for him.
5 The king's servants said to him, Behold, Haman is standing in the court. And the king
said, Let him come in.
6 So Haman came in, and the king said unto him, What shall be done for the man whom
the king delights to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, Whom would the king
delight to honor more than myself?
7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honor:
8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the
king has ridden, and the royal crown which has been placed upon his head.
9 Then let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most
noble rulers, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then have him
ride on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: Thus shall it be
done to the man whom the king delights to honor!
10 Then the king said to Haman, Hurry! Take the apparel and the horse, just as you have
suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits in the king's gate! Do not fail to do
any of all that you have spoken.
11 So Haman took the apparel and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on
horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to
the man whom the king delights to honor!
12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house,
mourning and with his head covered.
13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to
him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, If Mordecai, before whom you have
begun to fall, is of the seed of the Jews, you will not prevail against him but shall be
thrown down and fall before him.
14 While they were still talking with him, the king's officials came, and hastened to
bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.